Two years after his wife’s death, David Schmitz was just beginning to put his life back together. He had met another woman and they had recently made plans to tie the knot shortly after David’s engagement. However, he received an unusual call that rocked his world.
In January 2011, Brenda Schmitz’s universe collapsed when she discovered she had stage four ovarian cancer. Tragically, the illness was fatal, leaving her with little time for her four children and husband David. When David described her diagnosis to Des Moines, Iowa radio station Star 102.5 in 2013, he said of the devastating news: “Brenda has been dealt a huge blow.
But rather than waste the rest of her life in bitterness, Brenda accepted her fate with grace. In fact, the loving mother’s greatest concern was how her family would cope with her death.
That’s why she wanted David to be happy with someone else after her death. She even actively encouraged him to look for another woman. And while David recounted a conversation he had with Brenda during her illness, he confirmed that his late wife had indeed wanted him to find someone to share his life with. He told CNN in 2013: “Brenda and I talked before she died. She told me to meet someone who would love the boys and treat them as their own.”
David continued: “I asked her how I would know if I met this person. Brenda said, ‘I would know because she would be there.'” Unfortunately, despite everything that was happening in David’s life, Brenda finally lost her battle with cancer in September, although finding new love may have been the last thing, what he was thinking about in 2011. After Brenda’s death, David focused on supporting the four children. Before he and his late wife met, he had two sons, Josh and Justin. Brenda now had a boy named Carter, also from a previous relationship, and David and Brenda had a young son together named Max. The little boy was just two years old when his mother died. Brenda had died just 10 days after Max’s second birthday.
In fact, it was David’s duty to keep his wife’s memory alive for their son. Of course, the first few months after Brenda’s death were hard on the family. Over time, however, the grief became a little easier to bear and David began to look to the future. Then, in October 2012, the widower met a new woman, Jane Abraham. And mother of two Jane actually seemed to fit right into the Schmitz family. She even adopted her new partner’s children as her own, just as Brenda had hoped. In addition, there seemed to be another sign that this was how Jane’s relationship with David was meant to be.
Specifically, this sign came when Jane asked about a rainbow photo in little Max’s bedroom. And the conversation that followed confirmed to David that Jane was indeed the one. David explained the story behind the photo to CNN, revealing, “Brenda and Max’s song was ‘Over the Rainbow.’ They sang it together all the time.” The father continued, “The day Brenda died , she passed away at 7:07 a.m
We hadn’t had any rain for five weeks. Out of the blue, a double rainbow so bright it can be seen stretching for miles across the sky.” And David added: “The local meteorologist said the rainbow was an anomaly as there had been no rain. I knew it was Brenda.” Then the widower revealed: “After I told her the story, Jane looked at her phone and showed me a picture of the same double rainbow.” That’s when David realized that Jane was the right woman for him was.
Furthermore, the rainbow coincidence made him believe that his new relationship had Brenda’s blessing. So David proposed to Jane in September 2013 and she said yes. Then, in December 2013, radio station Star 102.5 reached out to David, and the local station went on to tell the father that someone had sent him and his family a Christmas wish. However, the identity of the mysterious benefactor was initially kept secret from David and his loved ones. However, when David arrived at the train station, he discovered that the kind gesture came from his late wife Brenda.
A month before her death, Brenda wrote down her wishes in a letter. She then asked a friend to keep the letter until David met someone new. And when he found new love, Brenda wanted the message sent to Star 102.5’s Christmas Wishes program. And it just so happened that Brenda had three wishes that she wanted the station to grant. Firstly, she wanted an unforgettable trip for the whole family. She also requested that a party be held for all the doctors and nurses who had cared for her.
And last but not least, she wanted to spoil Jane. “Jane would need it,” Brenda said, “since she was a stepmother to all those boys.” As David listened to his late wife’s words, tears streamed down his cheeks. However, after he calmed down, he told the station that he wasn’t surprised to hear about Brenda from the afterlife. “Over the last year and a half, she’s shown so many signs that she’s still here,” he revealed.
With the help of sponsors, the radio station Brenda fulfilled all wishes. They sent their family on an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World. While she was there, Jane was able to enjoy a massage. Meanwhile, employees at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines received three food deliveries from a local catering company. And with that, David and his family were able to experience Brenda’s love once again. Meanwhile, Jane received further confirmation that she was in the right place.
Because it was revealed that Brenda had also written a personal letter to David’s new fiancée, explaining how much she loved Jane. This letter, in turn, would move the other woman to tears. And as Jane told CNN, she was more than aware of Brenda’s presence. She even talked to her every now and then. “I know Brenda is definitely looking out for us,” Jane told the station.